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December 13, 2017

Quick Guide to 2017 Employment Trends & Laws

Yeva DucasBy Yeva Ducas, SHRM-CP
CSA Director of HR & Workforce Development

With the holidays quickly approaching (can you believe it?), let’s take a moment to reflect on what has happened in 2017 in the employment world, as well as what lies ahead.

Here are a few highlights:

Form I-9 Updates
The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services issued two revisions of Form I-9. Employers should ensure that they are using the latest version. Reference the revised Handbook for Employers to stay in compliance with completing the form and collecting proper documentation. Paperwork violations can be costly, ranging between $216 and $2156 per individual form.

OSHA 300A Electronic Log
Employers with 20 to 249 employees in certain high risk industries (most CSA members fall under this category), must now submit their OSHA 300A log electronically. The deadline for submitting 2016 reporting has been extended to December 15, 2017.

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Last Call: Illness & Injury Forms Due Electronically by Dec. 15 to OSHA

Victor ShellBy Victor Shell
CSA Director of Safety & Transportation

OSHA has extended the deadline to submit your electronic injury and illness forms. You now have until Dec. 15, 2017.

Most CSA dealers fall under the high-risk industry classification -- 4441 Building Material and Supplies Dealers. If your company employs 20 to 249 employees in this high-risk category, OSHA requires you, as employers, to submit injury and illness data to them electronically.

This extension comes at a good time for some of you. Please take full advantage of this time to meet the compliance standard. Completing this process will eliminate paying a fine for next year.

If you encounter any problems completing this process, please contact me immediately at 678-674-1860 or [email protected]


Electronic Log Device Deadline Approaching on Dec. 18

Victor ShellBy Victor Shell
CSA Director of Safety & Transportation

The deadline to comply with the electronic logging device mandate is Dec. 18, 2017. Fortunately, most CSA members will fall under the 100-mile exemption. For those who don't, here is a brief explanation:

The compliance date for the electronic logging device mandate will be enforced by roadside inspectors, effective Dec. 18, 2017, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance communicated in a recent letter to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. ELD violations will be noted on roadside inspection reports, and the potential for fines and penalties will exist.

In addition, drivers may be placed "out-of-service" for other HOS OOS violations. Note that any ELD violation appearing on a roadside inspection report -- even those issued before April 2018 -- will be used by FMCSA in its calculation of a motor carrier's hours-of-service score, under the CSA program.

If you have specific questions, please contact Victor Shell at 678-674-1860 or [email protected]


 Eagle Users Group Now Forming

Eagle LogoWe’ve had a request from an Eagle user to create a users group for this platform. CSA is already hosting Spruce and BisTrack users group.

CSA’s users groups meet twice a year and typically feature information from a third-party expert, the company, and sharing of tips between users. It’s an interactive format that facilitates relationships that can be helpful throughout the year.

If you have interest in joining this group, please contact Katie Bodiford at [email protected]


How to Find Huge Opportunities Right Under Your Nose

By Jason Feifer
Entrepreneur Staff

Here’s a thought that’s going to make you crazy. Somewhere in your business, in a place you’ve completely overlooked, in a place maybe you haven’t even thought to look, there’s a major opportunity you’re passing up.

In this episode of Problem Solvers, we explore how it happened to Matthew Glotzbach. In 2016, he became the CEO of Quizlet. It’s a hugely popular online study platform for students, with more than 23 million active users. His first goal was to grow the user base even more, and improve some of the company’s metrics. Quizlet also made money off of ads, but Glotzbach didn’t invest in that side of the business. He just didn’t see a big opportunity there.

One of his engineers pushed a new way to grow the business. This podcast from Entrepreneur magazine explores what Glotzbach did to seize the moment -- and how every entrepreneur can find the same kinds of hidden opportunities.

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5 Strategic Steps to Help You Double Your Revenue Next Year

By Jeff Shore, Guest Writer
entrepreneur.com

My consulting business has grown close to 400 percent over the past four years. It wasn’t an accident, and it wasn’t a fluke. It was a carefully crafted plan combined with a fierce dedication to execution. But first it required a shift in my thinking.

Here are the steps I take each year, in concert with my entire team, to plan for huge growth:

Start Early
Many small companies determine their growth plans for the upcoming year some time in December. Bad idea. That is far too late to accomplish anything substantial. If you want to double your revenue in one year, then the revenue machine must get cranked up to start running on Jan. 1.

In other words, you must start new product development or new business development in quarter three of this year to start generating any sort of substantial revenue in January of next year. But it's never too late to start -- as long as you start!

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